Big Half Marathon 2019: Mo Farah wins last race before London Marathon

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Mountainous Half of 2019: Farah defends title in London

Britain’s Mo Farah has defended his title in the Mountainous Half of lumber, finishing in one hour one minute 14 seconds in London on Sunday.

The four-time Olympic champion won the half of marathon in a toddle develop to beat his time of 1:01:40 in the inaugural occasion final yr.

The 13.1-mile lumber is the 35-yr-extinct’s remaining one sooner than he goes for a first London Marathon grab on 28 April.

In the girls’s lumber, Britain’s in-non-public Charlotte Purdue retained her title.

The 27-yr-extinct performed in a time of 1:10:38, with fellow Englishwoman Steph Twell claiming second position sooner than Wales’ Charlotte Arter.

“Prerequisites had been a little tougher than final yr here – very windy, moist – however it used to be nice. I purchased the job completed, came first and now I’m preparing for the London Marathon and or not it is a ways a pleasant stepping stone,” Farah told the BBC.

“After I’m in London, the crowds consistently ship. It’s a vast atmosphere and I revel in racing at dwelling.

“Practicing has gone neatly [for the London Marathon]. Obviously I would possibly want to non-public a chat with my coach and gaze how I feel.

“I’m furious. I feel cherish I in actual fact non-public more abilities than final yr. I’ve purchased to exit and develop the ultimate I’m in a position to – but I know I’m in a position to mix in with the guys.”

Farah again hinted at a surprise return to the word to flee the 10,000m at October’s World Championships in Doha.

“It’s conceivable. After the marathon, I would possibly construct a decision about what I want to develop,” he added.

“Deep down, I leave out the word. I locate at my fellow athletes and I feel ‘woah’ and I merely salvage furious.”

Farah, who performed third lastly yr’s London Marathon, didn’t reclaim the title of Europe’s quickest half of marathon runner – a yarn he done by finishing the 2015 Large North Traipse in a non-public ultimate time of 59:22.

Switzerland’s Julien Wanders beat that yarn by finishing in 59:13 on the Ras Al Khaimah Half of Marathon in February.

In diverse locations, David Weir won by a margin of over three minutes in the elite males’s wheelchair lumber, with a time of 51:11. Fellow Briton Mel Nicholls came second in the elite girls’s wheelchair occasion, narrowly finishing gradual Margriet van den Broek of the Netherlands.

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